Mendis not the only threat for India: Dravid

Updated: 25 July 2008 09:33 IST

The Lankan attack is not all about Mendis and it would be fatal to focus only on the mystery spinner ignoring others, says Dravid.

Colombo:

The Sri Lankan attack is not all about Ajantha Mendis and it would be fatal to focus only on the mystery spinner ignoring others, warns former India captain Rahul Dravid.

Talking to reporters ahead of the first Test which gets underway here on Wednesday, Dravid did not doubt the threat Mendis can pose to his teammates but said it would be a folly to underestimate old warhorses Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas.

"Sure, Mendis is going to be one of their four or five bowlers, but you cannot just focus on him," Dravid said.

"They have got a couple of other guys (Muralitharan and Vaas) who have got 1000 wickets between them," he said.

"It will be a mistake to focus just on Mendis. We will just play it as we see it. We have come against a lot of bowlers in our times and we have succeeded against them," said Dravid, oozing confidence that the visitors would read the freak spinner, who recently ran through India's ODI squad in the Asia Cup final.

According to Dravid, though the Lankan attack would miss Lasith Malinga, Ferveez Maharoof and Dilhara Fernando owing to injuries, it's still a potent attack.

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